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TF-19 Wasp Flamethrower Drone
The TF-19 WASP drone flamethrower attachment was designed for agricultural purposes, or to be more specific, the remote ignition of aerial and ground targets, but we all know that it’s only a matter of time before it ends up in a viral stunt. It’s compatible with drone platforms that have a minimum payload capacity of 5lbs (2.2kg), like the DJI S1000, and can shoot flames up to 25-feet. Read more for a video and additional information.

Ghost Drone UV Light Subway
Photo credit: Off Garage Studio via Yanko Design
Drone fans rejoice! Here’s something you don’t see everyday, a drone that is used specifically for cleaning subway trains, but that’s where the GHOST Drone by Off Garage Studio comes in. As you can guess, this quadcopter is simply docked on the train and then deployed when the cars are retired for the night. After it enters one of the trains, it activates its UV light system and then the LEDs get to work sterilizing everything from the seats, walls to the floors. Read more for additional pictures and information.

FLIR Black Hornet 3 Drone

Earlier this year the U.S. Army announced that the Soldier Sensors and Lasers (SSL) division of Rock Island Arsenal’s Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (RIA-JMTC) delivered the first 60 complete Black Hornet systems to unspecified units. This Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS), weighs in at less than a tenth of a pound, measures just under seven inches long, and comes complete with a docking station for two drones, a hand-held touchscreen device as well as a controller. The U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment will begin using the devices next month in Afghanistan. Read more for two additional videos and information.

Drone Umbrella DroneBrella
A French magician who goes by Moulla wanted a hands-free umbrella solution that didn’t involve wearing something. So, he decided to combine a drone, umbrella and a smartphone app into one creation, called the “DroneBrella”. It’s basically an app-controlled umbrella that was developed by Moulla and his team at Augmented magic. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on pricing or availability. Read more for a video and additional information.

Soneva Jani Resort Over Water Villas Slides

A trip to the Maldives wouldn’t be complete without a stay in an over-water villa, but if you demand sheer luxury, then look no further than the Soneva Jani Resort. Some of their ultra luxurious villa amenities include two-story water slides, glass-bottom lounges, retractable roofs that let you sleep under the stars, literally, and even a floating cinema. Read more for an in-depth video tour, additional pictures and information.

Tactical High Power Microwave Operational Responder THOR Drones
Photo credit: Roberto E. Rosales / Journal
Say goodbye to drones in restricted airspace, and hello to the Tactical High Power Microwave Operational Responder (THOR). Engineers at Kirtland Air Force Base only took 18-months and $15-million to complete the project. “We create a counter electronic effect, we target the drones and drop them. We implement a hard kill on those drones, and drop them out of the sky,” said Amber Anderson, the Program Manager for THOR. Read more for a video and additional information.

IKEA Cardboard Drone
If IKEA ever released a DIY cardboard drone, it might look something like the Ahadrone kit. Assembling it is easily as piecing together the corrugated board body for maximum rigidity, install the motor, battery pack, and a few other bits. Once completed, you’ll be able to control it with a smartphone or table using a special app. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Drone Motor Synth

Drone engines are great for flying, but Gamechanger Audio has found a new use for them, and it utilizes Motor Synth, their new analog electro-mechanical synthesizer. Put simply, it uses these motors as oscillators to generate unique sounds with a gritty, industrial tone. In other words, this synthesizer uses pickups to react to the changing magnetic field of its eight spinning motors, and since the sounds are created by the spinning motors while the pickups are reacting to a physical behavior, its unique sound is created. Read more for another video and additional information.

Uber Air Eats Skyport

Photo credit: SHoP Architects
Uber’s announced today that it is planning to start delivering fast food by drone in San Diego this summer, but it won’t be coming straight to your doorstep. That’s right, there will be “designated safe landing zones,” like roofs, parked cars, or in the future skyports, where Uber couriers will unload the package by hand and take it to your front door. How much will this cost you? Expect to pay the regular fees, which average $8.50 in San Diego, and since McDonald’s is an early partner, special delivery packages arrive piping hot, fries and all. Read more for two additional videos of proposed skyports.

Amazon Prime Air Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Photo credit: JORDAN STEAD / Amazon
Amazon Prime Air just debuted a new transforming unmanned aerial vehicle at the Re:MARS conference in Las Vegas. “We know customers will only feel comfortable receiving drone deliveries if the system is incredibly safe,” said Amazon’s consumer worldwide CEO Jeff Wilke. Unlike its predecessors, it comes equipped with thermal cameras, depth cameras, and sonar to detect hazards as well as obstacles. It also uses machine learning models to automatically identify problems and navigate around them. Read more for a video and additional information.